Monthly Archives: February 2015

Opinion: Is Mexico in denial? Reactions to pope’s comment certainly suggest so

The Mexican government has complained about remarks by Pope Francis, in which he expressed concern over a possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina due to rising drug trafficking activity. Mexico rarely registers diplomatic protests with the Vatican, yet the foreign … Continue reading

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U.S Ambassador condemns attacks on freedom of expression

U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne has released a statement denouncing aggressions against the press in Mexico. “Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of democracy and a priority of the government of the United States,” the ambassador said. “We energetically … Continue reading

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Gone but no longer forgotten: upcoming book to name and honor migrant worker victims of 1948 plane crash

The haunting imagery of “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” has carried the ballad from the pen of Woody Guthrie to the stadium concerts of Bruce Springsteen. A host of iconic musicians have covered the song along the way: Pete Seeger, … Continue reading

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Five great Mexican love stories, as tragic as they are tender

1. Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. There are multiple stories explaining the volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, which overlook the valley of Mexico. In the most popular legend, Popocatepetl, which translates as “the smoking mountain,” was sent to battle in a distant territory. The … Continue reading

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Notorious drug “queenpin” walks free

Jalisco authorities have released another high-profile criminal on a legal technicality. Sandra Avila Beltran, better known as the “Queen of the Pacific,” has been set free after a judge ruled that she had already served time for the five-year sentence … Continue reading

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Charm offensive: Mexico’s hospitality courses school society girls and support impoverished families

Mexican college students complaining about having too much homework have found a novel way to release their frustrations: by logging onto twitter and bashing ESDAI, a hospitality course offered by the Pan-American University. “I’m going to change to ESDAI to … Continue reading

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Mexican father and son receive hero’s welcome after 24-day-ordeal at sea

Two fishermen survived 24 days lost at sea before being rescued by a cargo boat off the coast of Guerrero, Southern Mexico. Daniel Guerrero Martinez, 42, and his son Isaias, 18, reported that they survived on a diet of raw fish. … Continue reading

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“I knew they wouldn’t clap,” complains embattled Mexican president

In a press conference on Tuesday that was supposed to revitalize Enrique Peña Nieto’s tarnished image, the Mexican president committed a major gaffe, overshadowing any favorable coverage of the event. After announcing that he was appointing a special prosecutor to … Continue reading

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Understanding Ayotzinapa: Conflicting theories surround attack on students

More than four months on from the forced disappearance of 43 student protesters in southern Mexico, there is still intense debate about the motivation for the attack. The Mexican government has placed new emphasis on a theory that could explain why … Continue reading

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